The methods and techniques of using biological and biochemical processes and reactions for industrial purposes come under the study of biotechnology. It is one of the most rapidly growing offshoots of biology and is a very vibrant field. Students who are interested in biotechnology can go into various areas of research post their education, or also get into industry based employment.
What do we learn in a biotechnology education?
Biotechnology deals with the different biochemical processes, reactions and mechanisms that take place in organisms. It is the study of these reactions and how they can potentially be used in other commercially profitable ways. This could be in the area of agricultural improvements, newer drugs or cleaning agents, to name a few possible examples. Modern biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.
What are the levels at which a biotechnology education is available?
In Indian CBSE, biotechnology is also offered as an elective subject in high school. Outside of this, students can choose to pursue biotechnology at the bachelor’s and the graduate level. From the doctoral and post doctoral levels, biotechnology can be pursued or it can be pursued with a multidisciplinary outlook, with chemistry, or biology.
What are the opportunities available today?
One of the most actively chosen careers for a biotechnologist is in research and the candidate will also have a variety of paths to get here. Since science is increasingly becoming multidisciplinary, this could also mean a combination of biotech with one or more other subjects, based on the candidate. Outside of research, academia and industry are two options. Especially with industry, as the applications of biotechnology keep increasing, there is a greater need for biotechnologists.
Where can I find more information about such programs and their application procedures?
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